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DIY Face Powder with Corn Starch

Updated on January 17, 2016
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You'll Need:

  • Corn starch
  • Coloring ingredient: pure cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. (make sure you're not allergic/sensitive to this)
  • Spoon
  • Storage container (with a lid)
  • Optional - A bowl to mix in
  • Optional - Funnel (to transfer it to the container)

Coloring Tips:

  • Cinnamon is a good shade for people with pink undertones (since it has a hint of red to it), while cocoa powder is better suited for tannish undertones. Choose your ingredient with that in mind.
  • The coloring ingredient you choose may have additional benefits for your skin; e.g., cocoa powder contains many antioxidants, not to mention its delicious, chocolate-y aroma!

Make it Yourself!

This face powder recipe is super easy and inexpensive. Those with oily skin may find it especially beneficial, and you can't forget about those brutal summer months when the sun practically melts your makeup off.

Why Corn Starch?

Corn starch is a starchy flour made from - yep, you guessed it - corn. A thickening agent commonly used in creating sauces and puddings, why would you want to put it on your face?

Corn starch is used for the powder's base because it's great at absorption, helping keep oils at bay and your face looking more matte throughout the day. The consistency is similar to loose powder, making it a convenient, cheap, and more natural alternative. Your face powder is no longer a mystery! You know exactly what is going into it.

Loose Powder Users: If you would rather stick to your favorite, trusty store-bought loose powder, you can still apply this same concept by just adding some plain corn starch to your favorite powder (or applying the two separately) for extra mattifying effects!

Pressed Powder Users: Apply the plain corn starch first, then your powder (to prevent a white cast).


Note: For testing purposes, it's best to not already be wearing face makeup before you test it on your face.

Step 1: Clean Storage Container

Be sure the storage container for the finished powder is clean and dry. You can clean it with warm water and soap and dry with a towel, or air dry.

Step 2: Add Corn Starch

Pour some corn starch into the container or bowl.

Step 3: Add Color

Add a tiny amount of the coloring ingredient.

Step 4: Mix Well!

Mix the combination with a spoon to make sure the color is consistent and there are no clumps. You can also put the lid on the container and shake it. It might take a while, but patience is key.

If you need more color...

Step 5: Continue Adding Color

Continue adding tiny amounts and mixing until you reach your desired shade. Test the shade by applying it to an area of your skin, such as the back of your hand, your arm, your neck, or your face (since that's where you'll be wearing it!)

Note: For testing purposes, it's best to not already be wearing face makeup before you test it on your face.



Apply the corn starch as you would any other powder, dusting a light coat onto your face with a powder brush, paying particular attention to oilier areas.

Application Tips:

  • Be careful not to apply too much, especially if the original white color is still visible, or you may end up looking too pale.
  • Check for any clumps of the coloring ingredient that you may have missed while mixing. You wouldn't want random splotches of spice on your face!
  • Avoid the hairline area and your eyelashes/eyebrows.


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Other Advice

  • A little goes a long way! You don't need much to apply, which means it should hopefully last a good while.
  • Want to make pressed powder? Try adding vegetable glycerin to it and use an empty pan-like container instead.
  • You can also use a similar powder, called arrowroot powder, instead of corn starch. Arrowroot powder can provide even better results.

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